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LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4) – Lockheed Martin is offering a look inside their latest Mars lander, called InSight.

It will land on Mars next November.

mars lander2 Lockheed Martin Shows Off New Mars Lander

Engineers work on InSight, Lockheed Martin’s newest Mars rover. (credit: CBS)

Once it’s on the Red Planet, it will study the interior by burrowing tools 15 feet below the surface.

The lander will provide more information about the core composition of Mars..

Lockheed Martin’s Precious lander launched last year.

Comments
  1. Robert Chase says:

    The InSight lander should return important science, but it is not going to thrill a general audience much, because its mission is to land, deploy a temperature sensing probe and seismometer, and sit there gathering and transmitting the data — there is a camera aboard, so there will be picures of the lander, deployment, and immediate environs. We have been obsessing about Mars too much. The glib blather about colonizing Mars ignores the fact that no humans live in places without air; if we want to try, we should do so on the Moon, where it will be far easier. Mars is a worthy object of ongoing scientific study, but a manned mission there should not be our immediate goal.

    Revolutionary advances in our ability to observe the Universe demand access to Space; telescopy now spans the breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum, but the detection of gravitational waves two years ago (and subsequent observations of merging black holes and neutron stars) has given astronomy an entirely new faculty. Advances in the detection and characterization of cosmic rays are informing cosmology.

    What we need are not men on Mars, but the reusable launch systems (likely employing air-breathing engines to reduce the mass of oxidizer which must be carried) we failed to deploy after the Space Shuttle. The glories of the American space program are undercut by our ongoing failure to push the envelope on new launch technologies — Elon Musk has achieved wonders, but means of getting cargo into Space even more cheaply should be within our grasp. The stunning discoveries of the past two years make it clear that we need to get into Space and onto the Moon in order to do (interferometric) astronomy there. The media go on blithering about Mars instead, in part, because Elon Musk wants to go there (himself).

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